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La déprime saisonnière : comment l’éviter ?

Seasonal depression: how to avoid it?

The sun sets earlier and earlier, the cold sets in: as winter approaches, moments of depression can appear more and more frequently. From the end of fall until the arrival of spring, many people feel tired, stressed, or even depressed. This is called seasonal depression, or seasonal depression when the symptoms are more severe. What are the reasons that trigger these emotional states and how can we remedy them naturally?

The causes of seasonal depression

If the precise causes of seasonal depression still remain unclear, it is certain that it is largely linked to the lack of natural light which goes hand in hand with the shorter days of winter.

Depending on the time of day, we experience significant variations in the secretion of various hormones. This is the case of melatonin which helps to regulate our biological clock, a hormone which depends on our exposure to daylight. When this decreases, fatigue becomes more present and can appear as soon as you wake up. Stress and anxiety also play an important role in the onset and severity of symptoms.

In Quebec, approximately 20% of the population would suffer from seasonal depression.

Symptoms to watch out for

Several signs can indicate the presence of seasonal depression.

  • mood swings and low mood throughout the day
  • fatigue and lack of energy
  • loss of motivation and concentration problems
  • increased appetite and strong desire to eat sugar and starchy foods (which can lead to weight gain)
  • sleeping troubles

Some people who are seriously affected see their work affected, even going so far as to have to be absent from the office. If you find that you yourself are falling into this state year after year in a cyclical manner and emerging from it at the same time as life greens up again in the spring, it is very likely that you have it.

Natural and homeopathic remedies to prevent seasonal depression

To remedy these seasonal affective disorders and promote inner peace, calm and serenity, there are homeopathic remedies to help you better manage your emotions .


To help you alleviate symptoms such as nervous fatigue, agitation and weariness, Fatigue granules are ideal. They act in harmony with your body to increase your physical and intellectual resistance, helping to reduce your moments of exhaustion. Without caffeine, these granules will give you the energy you need to get through the season, despite the lack of light.

Sleep disorder

Complex entirely composed of remedies with naturally calming and sedative properties, the Insomnia granules from our Homeocan range help you find restful, peaceful and deep sleep. They also soothe symptoms associated with lack of sleep such as irritability, anxiety, fatigue or even low mood.

The Insomnia Passiflora drops from our Homeocan range help you maintain quality sleep, without creating addiction, thanks to the virtues of passionflower. And as we know, sleeping better means better concentration, less memory loss and less irritability!

Stress and anxiety

THE Stress granules naturally reduce the effects associated with stress. In case of nervousness, physical agitation and nervous insomnia, they are your allies.

For its part, Oligocan's Magnesium complex promotes a return to a more normal state of internal tension. Magnesium being an element very involved in cellular functioning as well as in the main metabolic reactions of the human body, it acts at the level of the nervous system. By using oligotherapy , the Magnesium complex helps reduce stress and promotes greater energy. This is why it is particularly indicated in cases of seasonal depression, mild anxiety and nervousness.

5 tips to improve your daily well-being

There are several other natural and effective ways to improve your situation in the event of seasonal depression and to increase your daily well-being. Here are five simple and easy to adopt.

Go outside and get some light

If the lack of light has a big impact on your mood, it is important to get some fresh air as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The ideal is to take a walk of 30 minutes to an hour a day at midday, when the light is at its best. Even on gray and cloudy days, the sun's rays will be more beneficial than if you stay indoors.

In addition, you can also use the light therapy to compensate for the short hours of sunshine.

Play sports

Exercise is one of the main antidotes to depressive states — as well as many health problems in general. By moving, you increase the production of endorphins, chemicals that help alleviate temporary depression or “blues” moments. Yoga, skiing, running, walking: choose the activity that you prefer and that you are most likely to pursue diligently! To add a touch of pleasure, choose an outdoor activity and enjoy the great outdoors.

Take care of yourself

Enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils to give yourself a moment of relaxation at the end of the day or before going to bed. Pure sweet orange essential oil calms stress and makes it easier to fall asleep, while pure essential oil of true lavender is recognized for its ability to restore nervous balance and promote relaxation. Essentials for finding a good mood in the event of seasonal depression!

Also be sure to stock up on foods that you enjoy, but that contain a variety of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your healthy functioning. By having them on hand, you will prevent sweet cravings. Take advantage of the cold winter evenings to entertain your friends at home and play sports with people who make you feel good! Nothing like socializing to get you through winter with a smile!

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